Hiram E. Leonard Diary, August 14 – 20, 1867

14th Wednesday  A fine warm day & night  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 10 tiard & nearly sick Charles Leonard started to go to Bloomington about 4 P M in the stage [in margin] Charles Leonard started to Chicago.

15th Thursday  rather fine dry weather for the season  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 10 nearly sick.

16th Friday  rather fine dry weather  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 9 ½ & went to bed at 10 nearly sick  Elder Hunts wife had a son tonight.

17th Saturday  A fine hot day & dry  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 10 nearly sick Elder Hunts wife had a son this night.

18th Sunday  A fine pleasant warm day  I did my choars & went to the office & back was round the house all day a choaring etc went to the office with Frank Hollis about noon, I went to bed about 9 nearly sick  Jude Garys wife her third son this morning in a little over 2 years.

19th Monday  fine weather & dry  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 10, tiard & nearly sick, Rol, Cal, Mrs Stone went to Naperville.

20th Tuesday  fine warm dry weather  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 10 tiard & nearly sick with a cold & trouble.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, July 17 – 23, 1867

17th Wednesday  fine hay weather  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 10 nearly sick, Resseguie stacked part of a stack of hay nearly my share of half the orchard, he stacked tomorrow.

18th Thursday  a fine day for haying  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed about 10 nearly sick Resseguie stacked nearly my share of hay what grew on half of the orchard the rest he mowed.

19th Friday  A cloudy & some showerey day bad hay day  I did my choars was at the office all day came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 10 tiard & nearly sick with trouble  Sister is verry troublesome.

20th Saturday  A fine day for haying  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8-3/4 & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick with trouble [in margin] stacked rest of orchard, Col went to Chicago.

21st Sunday  A beautiful warm day clear & pleasant  I did my choars eat breckfust went to office with George about 9 ½ George picked him out pants & vest & we came home & called at Grants a short time came home & choared round the house & went to bed about 9 nearly sick.

22nd Monday  fine hay weather but hot  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home 8 ½ & went to bed at 10 nearly sick & worn out with trouble.

23rd Tuesday  A fine hot day thurmometer at 100  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 10 nearly sick.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, November 21 – 27, 1866

21st Wednesday  rather a cold cloudy raw day  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely & sick William Hollister & Eva Carpenter were married by E. L. Hunt at Carpenters today & went to Chicago in afternoon & to St. Louis tomorrow  William Carpenter & Netta Fowler & S Heys & Sarah Jane Carpenter stood up with the bride & groom they had quite a wedding.

22nd Thursday  a cloudy cold disagreeable day  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & about sick.

23rd Friday rather a cool cloudy day & evening  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.

24th Saturday  rather a fine day  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.

25th Sunday rather a fine pleasant day & evening but cool  I did my choars was at the office three times was at home the most of the day a choaring round was at Carolines some in evening came home at ____ wrote & went to bed at 9 nearly sick  Wm Whitny came & brought Gould wife & child up & Willson went & wife & carried them back as Whitny was selubrious  Gould got kick with a colt last night.

26th Monday  rather a fine cloudy day  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick with a cold & lonely as can be.

27th Tuesday  rather a fine cool cloudy day  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick with a cold, lonely.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, May 23 – 29, 1866

23rd Wednesday  rather fine weather but dry & backward  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & nearly sick, Wallace Jones bought the goods in Negles store & invoised them today all, A Frost [in margin] W W Jones bought Negles good in the store A Frost this morning.

24th Thursday  cold dry backward weather  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & nearly sick  W. W. Jones & Negle went to Chicago, Jones went after goods  A frost pretty hard.

25th Friday  cool dry backward weather  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & nearly sick [in margin] Willson carrying off his oats.

26th Saturday  rather a cool cloudy damp day, showered a little & thundered grew cool towards night & rained a little fine drops was a wet night  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening, came home about 9 & went to bed between 9 & 10 tiard lonely & nearly sick  H Brown died this morning between 7 & 8  Frank and Hoyt Brown went to Chicago after clothes & met Sarah Brown at station  She came in the stage about 11  John Goland shot himself at Williams but did not kill him, the ball did not enter his skull but entered the flesh in the back of his neck he was crazy & Williams carried him up to Dyres it took 3 men his wife was at work at Williamses.

27th Sunday  A cool damp day & rained conciderable in & some in evening I did my choars went to the office was round home the rest of the day choared a little took a nap wrote some etc did my choars at night & went to bed about 9 nearly a sick & lonely  Hilliard Brown’s funeral was attended at the Methodist Church about 2 oclock servises by the Methodist Minister a Mr Brown [in margin] Hilliard Brown was buried this afternoon.

28th Monday rather fine weather but cool backward weather I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ lonely & tiard.

29th Tuesday  rather cold frosty weather a frost this morning  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick & lonely.”

Warrenville Women’s History Wednesday: Sarah “Sally” Louise Warren

The Historical Society began 2016 telling the story of Colonel Warren’s seven sisters. Julius Warren, our town’s founder, was the only son in his family and had the important job of helping his parents, Nancy and Daniel Warren, find seven suitable husbands for his seven sisters. The Warren sisters were successfully married to seven well-established men who helped to shape northern Illinois. Please enjoy reading a little bit about one of the seven sisters featured in our January program The Seven Sisters of Colonel Warren. You can also learn more about the sisters in our museum exhibit that will be on display at the Historical Museum & Art Gallery through 2016.

Sarah Warren

Sarah Warren

 

Sarah Louise Warren, often referred to as Sally, was born in 1813, the third Warren daughter. Although it was uncommon for women to have much of a career in those days, Sarah tried her hardest. She originally left the family’s New York home in 1827 to go to work as a teacher at a school that was 10 miles away. She lived and taught at the school for the entire school year before the school’s administration realized she was only 13 years old-clearly mature and responsible for her age, but young for the profession. Some of her students were even older than she was! Despite her young age, she returned to the school the next fall and taught for 6 more months before receiving training at the Fredonia Academy where her brother, Julius, was also enrolled. At the end of her studies she taught in neighboring communities until the family headed west.

It was during her teaching however that she was attracted to the Christian religion, an institution that would form the basis for much of her life’s work. A group of Methodists held a meeting in her school house and following their stirring words, she decided to be baptized a Christian. We know that her mother Nancy, and oldest sister, Philinda, attended church prior to Sarah’s baptism, but religion was not a strong focus of the Warren family while the children were growing up. Religion remained important to Sarah and saw her through some dark days later in her life.

When the family first got to Illinois, Sarah wanted to continue her teaching, so she chose to teach as an assistant teacher from 1834 until 1836 in one of the first schools opened in Chicago. Sarah quit teaching when she married Abel Carpenter, as married women were not allowed to be teachers. Abel was however not Sarah’s first love in her new Illinois home. Shortly after she began teaching, she became engaged to be married to a Dr. Vanderbogart, the principal of the school where she was teaching. Dr. Vanderbogart however was taken ill with typhoid fever. Once he felt himself recovered, he headed to the Warren home in McDowell Grove, but the journey proved too much for his fragile health. He was taken ill again and died at the Warren home, a terrible tragedy for any bride to be. Sarah’s heart would heal well enough though for her to marry into a prominent northern Illinois family, the Carpenters.

Philo Carpenter

Philo Carpenter

The Carpenters were originally from the Berkshire Hills in western Massachusetts. They were widely known for their unswerving dedication to their religious and moral convictions. After moving west in the early 1830s, they exerted tremendous influence in Chicago and Warrenville. Philo, Abel’s older brother, was the first to come to Chicago. He arrived to the still developing city right at the time of the Black Hawk War of 1832. A druggist by trade, he was in immediate demand to aid the cholera victims suffering from the raging epidemic. Philo quickly established a successful business and became involved with the establishment of the First Presbyterian Church. Philo also purchased large land tracts, including a tract of land that extended from downtown Chicago to the Fox River. In 1833, Abel followed his brother to Chicago and helped him work his business and manage his landholdings. Religion was also close to Abel’s mind as he settled in the new community and began work to form the First Baptist Church of Chicago. In order to raise money for the new church, he undertook a brave solo journey back to Massachusetts on horseback to solicit funds for the erection of a meetinghouse with only a bible in his pocket to protect him. After Abel’s religious tasks in Chicago were complete, he headed west onto his brother’s land and settled in an area just east of Colonel Warren’s mill. Realizing the community was in need of a general store, he opened the first one in 1835, just east of First Street on Big Woods Road, todays Winfield and Warrenville Roads. We aren’t sure if Sarah Warren and Abel Carpenter met in Chicago or Warrenville, but there is no doubt that within the relatively small communities the two quickly became acquainted. The couple was married on June 26, 1836, in the sitting room of the Warren family home. The newlyweds settled on Abel’s 160 acres of land on the southeast side of town with three Carpenter sisters and their husbands.

Abel was very involved in the growth and early prominence of the Warrenville community. He served on the Big Woods Claim Protection Society, the first organization of its kind in the area, which sought to limit land pirating and settle land disputes. Abel was one of five appointed to a court of law to help negotiate quarrels over land stakes. Abel also served on the first Cemetery board starting in 1845, and was a leader in the temperance and abolitionist movements, both very important to the local community.

Hiram E. Leonard

Hiram E. Leonard

Abel Carpenter should also hold a special place in all of our hearts, because it was at his urging that our beloved Hiram Leonard came to Warrenville and made his home here. We know Hiram best through his detailed diaries of his 35 years of life here in town. Even though they often track more about his loneliness, sickness and life troubles, the vital information contained in Hiram’s diaries have allowed much local history to be saved.

Sarah Warren Carpenter gave birth to six children, but sadly two died in infancy. These were just two of the tragedies she would face in her motherhood and there is no doubt that her fervent ties to religion that she established as a teen teaching in New York helped her through the hard times.

Sarah and Abel were charter members of the Warrenville Baptist Church in 1836 and remained immovable pillars for 40 years. They counseled fallen-away brethren and sisters, led prayer meetings, resolved disputes, negotiated for resident preachers-even providing living quarters in their home, and collected funds. Abel represented Warrenville at the annual Baptist Association meetings throughout the area. Their children also served unselfishly and untiringly whenever called upon.

Warrenville's original Baptist Church.

Warrenville’s original Baptist Church

In the late 1850s, the Carpenters left their farm on the east part of town and moved to the western part of Winfield Township. They weren’t far from town though and visited Warrenville often for personal and church matters. Today their farm is home to the Fermilab buffalos.

During the 1850s the Carpenters activities around their abolitionist beliefs increased. As the country moved towards Civil War, abolitionists held meetings throughout northern Illinois, with some important gatherings happening right here in Warrenville. Philo, Abel’s brother, also turned his west-side Chicago home into an asylum for fugitive slaves, and worked with their brother-in-law Thomas Bridges to help escaped slaves across state lines in the underground railroad.

Ashley Carpenter, Warrenville’s first Civil War casualty

Ashley Carpenter, Warrenville’s first Civil War casualty

Sarah faced one of her biggest life challenges when war did finally break out. In 1862, a year after fighting had begun, their son Ashley answered the call and volunteered to fight for the Union Army with other Warrenville boys. Sadly, after just three months in harsh conditions, Ashley succumbed to the hard marching and exposure as many other soldiers did. Abel traveled to Kentucky and brought their son’s body back along with his personal effects, which included an eloquent journal detailing his short service on behalf of his beliefs in the Union cause. Sarah, however, never recovered from the loss of Ashley and wore his likeness around her neck for the rest of her life. Her only solace was in watching her three remaining children marry and prosper. After Abel died following a stroke in 1882, Sarah lived out her last 15 years with her daughter and her family on the Walker homestead in Aurora.

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, March 28 – April 3, 1866

28th Wednesday rather a cold raw disagreeable day I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick & lonely sunset cloudy.

29th Thursday A fine pleasant day with a cool air I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & about sick & lonely as death [in margin] sunset clear.

30th Friday A cold raw cloudy disagreeable day & night I did my chaors was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & sick B C Williams & wife came from Chicago & stoped at F Pollard Wm Wright & wife were at Watermans, Wright came the first I saw him since they were married [in margin] Sunset in a cloud.

31st Saturday A fine pleasant day cloudy at night the snow run finely I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ about sick & homesick froze but little tonight.

April 1st Sunday A fine pleasant warm day & evening sun shone warm but rather a cool air I did my choars was round the house all day except going to the office toward night I was about sick I had the rheumatism or crick through my hips & back so that I could hardly do my choars & had to sit in the house a most all day fixed the mail at office in evening came back & went to bed at about 9 nearly sick & home sick had the rheumatism [in margin] Mrs Lela Potter stayed all night.

2nd Monday Mathers ded tonight rather a fine day but cool & verry muddy I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely & sick.

3rd Tuesday rather a fine day but some cloudy & verry muddy bad going I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ and went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & about sick Town meeting today A C Graves elected Supervisor Jonathan Pollard who was beaten Germane & a Mr Ketshum justices of the Peace.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, March 7 – 13, 1866

7th Wednesday rather fine weather for March but cloudy I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick & lonely.

8th Thursday pretty fine weather for March I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & about sick.

9th Friday fine but some cloudy & cool I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ lonely & about sick.

10th Saturday rather a cool cloudy day & some frozen rain & hale fell in afternoon & rained in evening I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & about sick, Henry Wyman came from Chicago tonight, Aaron Wilcox, James Wood & Caroline Willson came to Sherman Willsons about sunset.

11th Sunday A cloudy damp muddy morning & day and had rained conciderable last night verry muddy I did my choars cleaned out the stables & went to the office about noon came back between 12 & 1 and found Caroline & Wallace here Sherman brought them down I did my choars at night went to office in evening came back & went to bed about 9 ½ lonely & about sick Caroline stayed over night here.

12th Monday rather cold disagreeable wether for March I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & sick, lonely George went back to Fredenhagans [in margin] Geo Sidwell went back to Fredenhagans.

13th Tuesday rather fine weather but cool for March I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 tiard lonely & sick.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, February 22 – 28, 1866

22nd Thursday rather a fine rainey day & evening I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely & sick.

23rd Friday A fine thawey day & grew cool in evening I did my choars was at the office all day & came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely & nearly sick.

24th Saturday rather a cool day & a growing cool I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely & sick Frank Willson was here [in margin] Jerry & Jon Pollard went to Chicago about Jones farm.

25th Sunday A cold morning Mercury stood in the thurmometer at 4 degrees below zero a cold day, thurmometer at noon 8 degrees above zero I did my choars went to the office about 10 ½ came back & choared round the house wrote some etc all day went to office in evening came back & went to bed about 9 tiard lonely & nearly sick clouded up som in afternoon.

26th Monday rather a fine day & evening I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick with a cold.

27th Tuesday fine winter weather I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed 9 ½ tiard & nearly sick.

28th Wednesday fine thawey weather snow a going fast I did my choars was at the office all day, came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & sick & lonely.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, January 18 – 24, 1866

18th Thursday A fine winter day I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ tiard lonely & sick, Russeguies & Connel worked for me.

19th Friday A fine winter day, but began to storm at noon frozen rain lightened & thundered in evening & cleared off cold I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely & sick, I put my mair & colt up for the first time.

20th Saturday A pretty cold winter day, the thurmometer stood at 10 degrees below zero in the morning I did my chaors was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & sick & lonely A cold day & night.

21st Sunday rather a cold cloudy winter day but not as cold as yesterday, I did my choars eat breckfust was a choaring round the house all day & evening went to the office twice was about sick, put on a pres of cider in evening Mrs Scowel churned, I went to bed about 9 tiard & sick.

22nd Monday rather fine winter weather, & good sleighing I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 & went to bed at 9 nearly sick & lonely.

23rd Tuesday fine winter weather I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 & went to the bed about 9 tiard sick & lonely.

24th Wednesday fine winter weather I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely & sick.”

The Seven Stories of Colonel Warren, January 31st

Join the Historical Society on Sunday, January 31st as we present our original program The Seven Sisters of Colonel Warren at 2:00p.m. at the Warrenville Public Library.

160131 The Seven sistersnOur town’s founder, Colonel Warren played an important role in his family. As the only son in a large family, one of his main personal duties was to find seven suitable husbands for his seven sisters.  All seven men turned out to be prominent leaders in the early and developing northern Illinois area. Join us for this multi-media program detailing the lives of Colonel Warren’s sisters and their husbands.

Reservations are required, please contact the Warrenville Public Library at (630) 393-1171 or at http://www.warrenville.com to reserve your spot. Light refreshments will be served.